Bassell and Fitch won the Australian Rookie Fest 2011

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The Southern Hemisphere season of the World Rookie Tour concluded with the very successful second ever Australian Rookie Fest at Thredbo Resort. Henry Bessell, last year’s Grom winner, took out the Rookie division: he won a trip to the Protest World Rookie Finals 2012 in Ischgl, Austria, as did the female Rookie winner Alex Fitch.

Henry Bessell in action

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great, so Charles Beckinsale, internationally renowned course designer, had to make the call on the morning of the event to switch courses from Antons to High Noon. All the competitors were disappointed with the decision as they were really looking forward to hitting the 30ft and 50ft jumps on the specially designed course. However, the course was fogged in and dangerous on the day. The second choice course consisted of a long down box and 2 jumps, which allowed all to show off their best tricks.
Among the grom division Matty Cox and Cassie Fortune took out their category, winning an invitation to the Protest World Rookie Fest in Livigno in January , 2012.
Red Bull also provided flights in the Red Bull stunt plane for each of the Rookie and Grom winners. In addition, Red Bull provided $1,000 to each of the Rookie winners to go towards the cost of travel to Ischgl next year.  For the first time the Rookie winners also received an invitation to compete at Stylewars – The Australian Slopestyle Championships in Falls Creek, a 4 star TTR event.
Thanks to the event sponsors Red Bull, Thredbo, K2, Semantics, Smith Optics and Adrenalin + Boardstore. For the full results, photos, video footage and information about the World Rookie Rank, go to www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

Female Rookie winners
Male Rookie winners

Watch the official video with live music intro at following link

Results for Australian Rookie Fest 2011
Male Rookie: 1st Henry Bessell; 2nd Ben Alexis; 3rd Jack Hasler
Female Rookie:  1st Alex Fitch; 2nd Biba Turnbull; 3rd Stephanie Dahan
Male Grom: 1st Matthew Cox; 2nd Joshua Vagne; 3rd Angus Waddington
Female Grom: 1st Cassie Fortune; 2nd Emily Arthur: 3rd Georgia Baff

The World Rookie Tour will come back from December 2011 with the first events of the Northern Hemisphere season. Stay tuned on www.worldsnowboardfederation.org

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